A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Encourages following your dream, not underestimating the hidden talents of older adults, and communicating honestly with family and friends. Story focuses on empathy, teamwork, and perseverance.
Positive Role Models
Malena (even as Maria) is a dedicated and kind grandmother and mother. She helps her grandson and his friends, fulfills her youthful dreams of singing, and encourages her daughter-in-law after discovering a different perspective. Victor is sensitive, talented, a loving grandson. Ramon is an attentive friend.
Takes place and was made in Mexico. Depicts Mexican characters (played by Mexican actors) and music.
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Violence & Scariness
A character is struck by a car while riding his motor scooter and ends up in the hospital. A grandmother appears to be missing, worrying her family. The main character is shown bleeding (from cuts) a couple of times. A tertiary character dies (off-screen).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to online dating and hookup culture, background shots of people kissing at a club, some kissing and dancing between main character and a potential love interest. Two people wake up fully clothed in the same bed, but it seems like they fell asleep after having a lot to drink and kissing.
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Grandmotherly admonishments in Spanish, subtitled: "don't be rude," "don't be a jerk," "how disrespectful." The equivalent of "dummy," "old," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Glimpses of smartphones and vehicles.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink at a couple of clubs, restaurants. Young and older adults do shots (to excess) in one sequence.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cuando Sea Joven is a Mexican comedy based on the Korean film Miss Granny. Both center on a 70-something grandmother (veteran Mexican superstar Verónica Castro) who mysteriously transforms into her 20-year-old self (Natasha Dupeyrón) and reconnects with both her grandson and her love of performing. Expect a little bit of suggestive content: There's some kissing in the background, and two characters drink and kiss, and then are shown fully clothed in bed together the next morning. Adults drink in other scenes as well, including doing shots at a dance club. A character is struck by a car while riding his motor scooter and ends up in the hospital, and the main character is shown bleeding (from cuts) a couple of times. Families can discuss the value of second chances, open communication, honesty, and following your dreams. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This well-acted, feel-good reverse-Big is a sweet reminder of how elderly people might use their youth differently if given a second chance. It's a tween-friendly dramedy that delights in exploring what happens when a septuagenarian suddenly finds herself in her 20s again. The movie benefits from the screen presence of Castro, who's one of Mexico's most famous actors, as well as Dupeyrón playing her younger self. Derbez has produced and starred in a few remakes (CODA included). Not all of them have been worth watching (Overboard!), but his choice to back this one was a success. The many ways that Maria channels her inner granny are charming and funny, especially when she's giving unsolicited advice, lightly admonishing her grandson and the band, and singing her favorite songs. Screenwriters Juan Carlos Garzón and Angélica Gudiño capture the essence of the original film, with some moments nearly note-for-note (like when a young man first spots the newly transformed Malena on a bus and hits on her).
Although the swapped-bodies storyline has been done dozens of times across the decades, this addition manages to avoid complete predictability, especially once it seems like Maria is in no rush to "return" to her older body. The movie skirts around any icky possibilities surrounding a grandson meeting a beautiful young woman who's actually his grandmother by offering her not one but two love interests -- Esteban (Pierre Louis), a handsome music producer she initially encounters in a silly moment when Maria tries to use Malena's senior discount at a pharmacy, and Ramon, the older restaurant owner whose crush on Malena makes him feel connected to his new employee, Maria. The age gaps -- real or imagined -- are played for laughs, and veteran comedian Ibáñez is up to the task, "competing" as Ramon for Maria/Malena's affection. The final reason Cuando Sea Joven is such a winning comedy is that, like CODA, the music is catchy and well performed, and the soundtrack is stacked with covers and original Spanish-language songs. This is a fun family comedy that will make everyone laugh -- for different reasons.
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